Andrew Cope Memorial Fund

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Raised by 50 people in 31 months
Abbie Cope Staheli
on behalf of Raymond Cope
"My son Andrew James Cope passed away this afternoon. He was a mischievous 24 years old with a wicked sense of humor. He fought against Downs Syndrome, heart defect, autism and dozens of things i will never understand. He fought coming into this world and going out, and laughed his way through. It was an honor to be his father."
       -posted on Facebook by his father, Raymond Cope on 1/13/2017 shortly after his passing.

Andrew was my cousin, he was the spunkiest, most clever and hilarious guy. He was born to Raymond and Naomi with Downs Syndrome, a heart defect and narrow arteries in his lungs. He had several surgeries as a newborn and throughout his childhood for his heart and his lungs. Doctors said he wouldn't live to age 10, but he lived adventurously and mischievously for 14 years beyond that.

Stories of Andrew's antics are always good for a good chuckle, in fact there are so many stories that his sister wrote a book about them.  She says, "14 windows. 21 toilets. 3 car windshields. My brother spent his childhood perfecting the arts of breaking things, general misbehaving, and getting away with it. He has an inherited family tendency toward mischief."

We are hoping to raise money to help with the burden of medical expenses as well as money for a funeral to be held in the near future.

Earlier this week he was hospitalized when he was having trouble breathing and tested positive for RSV. Because of his already compromised heart and lungs, the RSV turned into pneumonia and he was soon in kidney failure.

His sister Rachel Cope Unklesbay posted about the situation the morning of 1/13/17:

"Those of you who know my brother are probably aware that his health is bad. His heart is crap, his kidneys are crap, and they've been getting worse for the past few years. This past week, he's been in the hospital with RSV, steadily declining. This morning, my parents decided it was time to stop fighting and let him go. His IVs are unplugged, and he's still on high-flow oxygen, but at this point, we are trying to make him comfortable and waiting for him to die.

"I've been glad to know and love Andrew, and I'm grateful for the faith that this transition will make him more comfortable, even if it's hard for those of us left behind.

"Please be patient with me as I cope with this - I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers, but I may not be in a good position to respond to anything right now."

We love Andrew and his family and want to do all we can to ease the pain of losing him. We are so incredibly grateful for anything you can give, whether it's prayers of comfort, loving words or donating to the fund.

Thank you,
Abbie Cope Staheli
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Funeral Information:

Funeral services for Andrew will be held at the
Hidden Chapel
1450 S. 350 W.
Bountiful, Utah
on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 11:00am.

Viewings will take place
Friday, January 20th, from 6-8pm,
and Saturday morning at 10am,

Burial will follow at
Bountiful City Cemetery
2224 South 200 West
Bountiful, Utah.

Condolences may be sent to the family at
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If any of you are interested in the awesome book about Andrew, written by his sister, here is a link to it on
Andrew LOVED trains.
He loved his nephew, John.
He also really loved fire. :)
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Andrew James Cope
September 12, 1992 - January 13, 2017
On Friday, January 13th, 2017, Andrew James Cope passed away peacefully after a difficult fight between his failing heart and a bout of RSV pneumonia.
Andrew was born on September 12, 1992, only 20 minutes after his parents reached the hospital. Born with several heart defects and Down Syndrome, Andrew was popular with the hospital staff—both because of his advanced medical needs, and his elevated cuteness. He was an adorable baby.
Throughout his life, Andrew brought joy and difficulty to those around him. Ever the prankster, Andrew enjoyed breaking household objects, hiding things, and telling jokes about setting people’s hair on fire. Just a few weeks before his death, he hid every pair of pants his mother owned. They have not yet been found.
Andrew pursued many passions in his 24 years of life, including trains, Fig Newtons, pretty girls, music, fire, toilets, dogs, and keeping a strict schedule. He has held (unpaid) jobs at the Corner 22 gas station, numerous bowling alleys, Smith’s Marketplace, and the DATC in Davis County. He frequently went to Dick’s Market to buy M&Ms or Swedish Fish. He has also become known for his loving character, his willingness to laugh (and make others laugh), and his caring obsession with his nephew. Despite how rarely he spoke, he has always been very expressive and sympathetic, and was often moved to tears by the sadness of others. (Adele, for instance, always made him cry. As she does to so many of us.)
After struggling to breathe for several days, Andrew passed away shortly after a final father’s blessing from his dad. He will be missed by those he has left behind, but he will be welcomed with open arms by those who have gone before him, and his presence will continue to bless his family for years to come.
Andrew is survived by his parents Ray and Naomi Cope, his sister Rachel Unklesbay, his brother-in-law Ethan Unklesbay, and his nephew Jonathan. He is also survived by his Grandma Keener-Fast, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family would like to offer special thanks to Andrew’s cardiologist Dr. Ron Day, as well as the wonderful staff at Primary Children’s Hospital and all of Andrew’s devoted friends. He has so many friends.
Funeral services for Andrew will be held at the Hidden Chapel, 1450 S. 350 W., Bountiful, Utah on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 11:00am. Viewings will take place Friday, January 20th, from 6-8pm, and Saturday morning at 10am, where Andrew will be forced one last time to wear pants to a public event.
Burial will follow at Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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Andrew's mom, Naomi posted this today on Facebook:
"Our darling Andrew passed away this afternoon at 3:52pm. He has always been a fighter, and he fought hard to overcome his bout with RSV pneumonia, but he is resting peacefully now and will never be limited by his physical body again. He made us better people and taught us more than we ever taught him. I am grateful I was trusted to be his mother and am heartbroken to lose him for a time, but so blessed to have him for eternity. This has been a rough day, filled with tender mercies. Rachel decided to come to the hospital, and arrived probably half an hour before he passed. Bob (Ray's brother) and Tammy were also present, and were able to lift the mood with fun memories. It was such a comfort to have our family together to say our goodbyes and reminisce together.

"We came home to find yellow ribbons all over our lawn, trees, and house, and immediately started crying. Both of us. Like babies. Once inside the house we found dinner and gifts from our friends and neighbors - and a cleaner house. I also had willing chauffeurs take me to the hospital this week when I was in no shape to drive myself. I love our wonderful neighbors! Makes this difficult time so much easier to handle, knowing we have friends who care so much.

"We can never express our thanks enough for all the love and prayers that have been extended on our behalf. We have felt your prayers. Thank you all - we love you!"
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